Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Earth Observation Lab


The EnMAP-Box is a free and open source plug-in for QGIS. It is designed to process imaging spectroscopy data and particularly developed to handle data from the upcoming EnMAP sensor. The two main goals of the development are to provide (i) state-of-the-art applications for the processing of high dimensional spectral and temporal remote sensing data and (ii) a graphical user interface (GUI) that enhances the GIS oriented visualization capabilities in QGIS by applications for visualization and exploration of multi-band remote sensing data and spectral libraries. Therefore, the algorithms provided in the EnMAP-Box will be of high value for many other, especially multi- and hyperspectral EO missions.

The EnMAP-Box plug-in bridges and combines efficiently all advantages of QGIS (e.g. for visualization, vector data processing), packages like GDAL (for data IO or working with virtual raster files) and abundant libraries for Python (e.g. scikit-learn for EO data classification and PyQtGraph for fast and interactive chart drawing). The plug-in consists of a (i) graphical user interface for hyperspectral data visualization and e.g. spectral library management, (ii) a set of algorithms, and (iii) a high-level application programming interface (EnMAP API).


German Aerospace Centre (DLR) - Project Management Agency (Gefördert durch die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Zuwendungsgeber: Raumfahrt-Agentur des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. mit Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages unter dem Förderkennzeichen 50EE0949.)

Project members

potrait Sebastian van der Linden

Sebastian van der Linden (principle investigator)

portrait Patrick Hostert

Patrick Hostert (principle investigator)

portrait Andreas Rabe

Andreas Janz

portrait Benjamin Jakimow

Benjamin Jakimow



Partner Institution(s)

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

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